Germantown Kids: Lois and Buster Herty


The above photograph depicts a group of children living in Germantown, a neighborhood of Annapolis, the capital city of Maryland. I am not yet sure of the occasion for this photograph, or its exact date and location, but perhaps these details will become known as I write about the more of the children. Please feel free to chime in with theories.

The detail photographs below depict children of Harold Burton Herty (1891-1978) and Margaret H. McClure (1896-1971). Harold was a career U.S. Navy officer who retired as a Captain (O-6) in 1947. He began his seagoing life circa 1913 as a wireless operator aboard the SS Marowijne, a vessel operated by the Tropical Fruit S. S. (Steamship) Company sailing between New Orleans and Central America. He apparently joined the Naval Reserve circa 1917.  By 1918 he was an ensign stationed at Naval Station New Orleans where the first two of their three children were born. He was transferred to temporary duty at the Naval Experimental Station at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1922 and their third child, Charles Samuel Herty (1922-2004) was born there.


The girl in the detail to the right is Mona Lois Herty (1918-1992). She was born in New Orleans, LA. In 1940 she was living with her mother in San Diego, CA and owned her own beauty parlor. At some point after 1943 she married Culver Salisbury Bostwick (1922-2010). I don’t think they had children. Their earthly remains reside in a mausoleum in Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, CA. (100886896 and 100886809) [UPDATE: On 9 November 2020 I heard from a grandson of Mona Lois Herty and Culver Salisbury Bostwick.]


To the right is Harold Burton “Buster” Herty, Jr. (1919-1943) who was born in Annapolis, MD. While living in Vallejo, CA in 1941 he was the the first person to have his name inscribed on a plaque commemorating the selection of the outstanding cadet at the Long Beach (CA) Naval Reserve Aviation Base. Lieutenant (JG) Herty was killed in an aircraft accident in Pensacola, FL in December 1943. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery (49203142).


Both siblings were members of the June 1937 Senior Class of Herbert Hoover High School in San Diego.

Germantown Kids: Lois and Buster Herty

Wilmer Ziegler


The above photograph depicts Wilmer Brown Ziegler, Sr. The name Ziegler is frequently misspelled Zeigler as it is on the back of the photograph. I believe the Wilmer Ziegler in the photograph is Wilmer Brown Ziegler because Pottstown is centrally located to where Wilmer Brown Ziegler spent his life among a flourishing Ziegler clan, because I can find no other suitable Wilmers, and because Wilmer Brown Ziegler’s WWI draft registration card describes his hair as light-colored. The style of the “stamp box” on the back of the photograph indicates it was produced using Kodak Professional AZO Paper between 1904-1918. Go here and here to learn more about identifying Real Photograph Postcards, also known as RPPCs. I could find no information about the Alamo Studio, 208 High Street, Pottstown, PA.

Wilmer (1894-1987) was the son of John Conner Ziegler (1867-1954) and Sarah Ann Brown (1868-1934). The Ziegler genealogist is fortunate if she is aware that Wilmer’s grandfather, Daniel Peiffer Ziegler (1823-1908) assisted Jesse Ziegler in publishing The Ziegler Family Record in 1906 (download: here or here). The story begins with Philip Ziegler who was born in Bern, Switzerland in 1734, died in Berks County, PA in 1803, and is buried in Rehresburg Mennonite Cemetery ( memorial #48047687).

Wilmer married Sadie S. Hibshman on 22 April 1916 in Frystown, PA. The couple produced three children. At the time of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1966 they had ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They farmed in the vicinity of Bethel, PA before moving to a house on Oak Street in Palmyra, PA where they lived until they sold the house in 1973. Wilmer retired from the Hershey Chocolate Corporation which still has distribution center in Palmyra. Sadie was a prominent leader of the Society of Farm Women, a civic organization founded by Flora Black in 1914. They were members of the Church of the Brethren.


I purchased the photograph at an antique store in the Baltimore neighborhood of Hampden.

Wilmer Ziegler